Release date: 9/14/2015
2015 Opera in the Park Recap.pdf
San Francisco Opera’s 2015–16 Season-opening weekend culminated Sunday afternoon with the 42nd San Francisco Chronicle Presents Opera in the Park. An estimated crowd of 13,000 gathered at Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Meadow for the free outdoor concert, featuring internationally acclaimed artists from the Company’s fall season performing favorite arias and duets by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and more accompanied by the San Francisco Opera Orchestra led by Music Director Nicola Luisotti.
This year’s roster of Opera in the Park artists included soprano Leah Crocetto, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, tenor Michael Fabiano, baritone Vitaliy Bilyy and bass Andrea Silvestrelli who appear in the Company’s season-opening production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller; soprano Heidi Stober and baritone Elliot Madore from the Company premiere of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd; and tenor Piotr Beczala who stars in the upcoming new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Classical KDFC Radio personality Dianne Nicolini hosted the concert. David Gockley served as master of ceremonies—poignantly, in his final time as San Francisco Opera General Director.
Opera in the Park, a partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle, has become one of San Francisco’s most cherished traditions. Established by former San Francisco Opera General Director Kurt Herbert Adler in 1971, the annual Opera in the Park free concert has included in past years opera legends from Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo to Beverly Sills and Marilyn Horne. Of note this year, it is the tenth anniversary that philanthropist and San Francisco Opera Board Member Diane B. Wilsey has sponsored the Company’s opening weekend.
Sunday’s al fresco event was punctuated by many highlights, beginning with Maestro Luisotti leading the crowd in “The Star-Spangled Banner” and climaxing with rousing encores of “Quando m’en vo” from Puccini’s La Bohème and “O Sole Mio.” As is tradition, the concert ended with all of the performers—and audience—joining in Verdi’s Brindisi (Drinking Song) from La Traviata.
For the complete press release, please view the attached PDF.